The new Nightwish album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, is out. The Finnish symphonic metal band has put out this new album, the first with their new vocalist, Floor Jansen. It draws on science and the natural world for several of the lyrical themes on the album. It is worth a listen.
I particularly like the following tracks:
Shudder Before the Beautiful (With spoken introduction by biologist Richard Dawkins)
Edema Ruh (inspired by author Patrick Rothfuss novels)
Elan (the first single)
Give them a listen:
Gourmet Girl Graffiti
Well, Shaft has done it again. Put out another show that I truly enjoyed and loved the art. Was this one of my favorites, no, but I liked it a fair amount.
The show follows RyoMachiko, a middle school girl who has been living alone since her grandmother died. Ryo was inspired to learn to cook by her relationship with her grandmother and has gotten quite good, but has felt something was missing. The missing piece falls into place when her cousin, Kirin Morino, comes to stay with her on weekends to attend cram school in Tokyo. Company, and the act of sharing a meal is what makes food come alive for Ryo.
The show’s premise is summed up pretty well here.
And so it goes. Kirin comes on the weekends. Ryo makes food. Food is enjoyed. Girls become close friends. It is a quiet and simple show that focuses on the importance of connection in one’s daily lives.
But wait there’s more….Is food erotic and sensual? Shaft thought so.
Can food be a sensual experience? I would say so!
Attention Parents: There is no nudity, violence, cursing, or traditional fan service in this show. There is suggestiveness without a doubt.
My 11 year old keeps asking me if it is okay for him to watch. I know most of the imagery would go over his head, but I still keep imagining the following scenarios: “Dad? What are these funny feelings I’m having while I eat hot pot?” “Why does omurice make me tingle?”
Oh…perhaps I worry too much. Or perhaps I’m a little nuts.
Watch, if you like low key shows about food and friendship. It is really well done and worth a viewing.